The Vision

Supported by St. Louis County Commissioners Mike Forsman and Steve Raukar, Liz Prebich worked with the PARTNERS board - representatives of numerous schools and cities - to create a youth organization that would reach out to Iron Range students, schools, and communities.




Partners is a St. Louis County program in conjunction with local government, cities and school boards working together to establish and support youth programs. Partners Board was established in 1989.




Iron Range Youth in Action (IRYA) was established in 1996 by St. Louis County Commissioner Liz Prebich and the PARTNERS board. Liz envisioned youth across Northeastern St. Louis County active in their communities, using their voices in public policy and civic engagement on a very large scale.




In 2017, the program expanded to high schools in the Duluth area of South St. Louis County and became known as Youth in Action (YIA).




In 2019, YIA welcomed Floodwood High School, and Harbor City International Charter school to the program, making us present in 18 St. Louis County schools! 

2020 brought Covid-19 and caused us to step back from in-person activities. 

Today we are picking back up and hoping for a more "normal" 2022-2023 school year!

Liz Prebich